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Visiting the Valley

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The Arkwright Society regrets to announce that public access to lower part of the Lumsdale Valley, mill ruins & waterfalls has been suspended until further notice.  Please help us take care of the valley and respect the temporary closure of the site. 

The Valley is a scheduled monument and a Conservation area cared for by the Arkwright Society and a team of dedicated volunteers.

There is no designated parking in the Valley and vehicular access is for residents only. Visitors are encouraged to park in Matlock town centre and walk to the Valley. There are also buses that run regularly along the Chesterfield Road (A 632) past the top of the Valley.   

When walking in the Valley please keep to the paths.

There are no toilet/refreshment/picknicking facilities or children’s play areas anywhere in the Valley.  

Paddling, swimming and climbing in the Valley are not allowed due to the risk of erosion and damage to the fragile mill ruins and the natural environment.

Please help us to take care of this very special place by respecting the wildlife, keeping to the paths, not climbing on the ruins - and taking your litter home with you.